Millennials Lean Left
March 7, 2014 by staff
Millennials Lean Left, -Millennials voted for President Barack Obama in big numbers, but they have little attachment to the Democratic Party, according to a new survey that paints a picture of a generation that differs in striking ways from their older cohorts.
Millennials are even less likely to connect to the Republican Party, and fully half call themselves politically independent. It’s not just political institutions they avoid. Only 26% are married, well below the marriage rates for Generation X at the same age. And 29% say they aren’t affiliated with a religion, a much higher percentage than other generations.
New data out from the Pew Research Center show a group detached from traditional institutions, less likely to consider themselves “patriotic” and less trusting of others.
Their lack of loyalty to the Democratic Party suggests there may be an opening for the GOP, and some Republicans are urging the party to do a better job appealing to these young people. But Millennials also hold liberal views on a range of issues, meaning it will be difficult for Republicans to make gains.
The findings come from a survey being released Friday of 1,821 adults, including 617 Millennial adults, conducted Feb. 14-23. Millennials are defined as people born after 1980. The oldest Millennials are now 33.
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